More shake-ups afoot for Edinburgh film fest
Further ructions are afoot at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. When, in 2008, the event moved from its usual spot in September – occupying the same slot as the main Edinburgh Festival – to an empty space in June, many punters felt that it lost a great deal of its busy energy.
Late last year, revitalisation seemed likely when it was announced that, under the watchful eye of actor Tilda Swinton, producer Lynda Myles and critic Mark Cousins, the festival was to ditch the notion of a single director and invite distinguished practitioners such as Isabella Rossellini and Gus Van Sant to curate a less conventional line-up.
Now, it has been reported that Swinton, Myles and Cousins have all left the event. “Our involvement ended when we submitted more than 100 ideas for the creative and artistic vision for the festival and we’ve not been involved since the middle of February,” Cousins told the Scotsman newspaper. “We were all doing this unpaid, and have busy lives. I’ll be in the audience come June.”
Meanwhile, James Mullighan, a former music industry professional, has taken greater control over the festival. “It’s fair to say my role has morphed quite a bit since I was appointed,” he said, “and I do have more responsibilities. However it was never the intention that Linda, Tilda and Mark would be involved right up to the festival in June.”
Guardian angel: Tilda Swinton at the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival